Small Garden Story
Over some 15 + years, I have been photographing the evolution of my small (85 x 15 foot) garden and it seems a waste not to put these records into some sort of context. Beginning here in April 2010 this Blog is intended to both act as a diary and to share past and present successes (and some failures), pleasures and disappointments with fellow garden-lovers. In due course, I intend to fill in some of the background and early days but that will have to wait until the winter months!
Monday, 24 October 2011
Nerine's grow best planted shallowly in a sunny spot where they can get nice and hot during the summer. I must remember to transplant some to where I can see them from the house next year.
Another "must-have" is evergreen honeysuckle Lonicera Japonica Halliana which seems to me to have flowered at virtually every time of year but is currently flourishing and wafting its gorgeous scent around the garden. Smelling it always makes me feel happy and it's a great addition to any little bunch of odds and ends I can find for the house.
In the greenhouse the beans, rocket and land cress are doing very well.
We had a first light frost this week but it didn't touch the dahlias - even though I had rushed out with a torch to pick the best of the last blooms! It has been incredibly dry with hardly any rain for weeks but the leaves are still hanging on most of the trees incredibly well, the colours barely beginning to turn. Only my little amelanchier has shed its leaves so far.
More remarkably, I am still picking a few raspberries and strawberries!
Monday, 17 October 2011
|Sculpture at Waddesdon Manor|
Unsurprising then that Sunday dawned really misty. But the sun had broken through by lunchtime. Couldn't resist these comparative shots. Will not be featuring this view for a while!!!!
Visited the Stanley Spencer Gallery in Cookham - such a gem. The current exhibition features drawing studies and 4 very large paintings of ship building on the Clyde during World War 2. They are on loan from the Imperial War Museum. The small but exquisite gallery is open virtually all year round and has a fascinating archive available for visitors to brows as well as prints and cards for sale. An amusing audio visual presentation brings Spencer's character to life in the context of the village where he lived and worked. Well worth a visit. /www.stanleyspencer.org.uk/
Monday, 10 October 2011
There isn't all that much left to do just now except clear up fallen leaves, enjoy the dahlias and the odd little delights which surprise - including the discovery that my Clematis Pistachio that I thought had died is actually sending up new shoots (a bit late!) and the nerines are bursting into life among the dahlias - a strange and rather garish combination!
|Beautiful Pompon Dahlia Natal|
Friday, 7 October 2011
|"Sawdust" on fungi on decaying cherry tree trunk|
Sunday, 2 October 2011
The dahlias are at last all in flower and flourishing - enough to take a good bunch round to my Mum once a week without making an noticeable difference and the air is still filled with the scent of honeysuckle which always seems to have had strange timing habits. Even as the first leaves of the amelanchier are turning and the odd autumn crocus is popping up cheerfully the grass is still growing fast. The garden is still rewarding to eye, nose and palate. Enough to make yet another apple and raspberry crumble again this week. It will be strawberries and cream next!